Labontes Law

Super 8 site to help promote Bobby Labonte and Super 8 hotels.

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Motorola Deals

Single sign-on web application connecting Motorola phone dealers with their customers by zip code proximity search. Dealers can create custom brand compliant coupons right in their browser.

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Motorola XLR8

Allows Motorola sales reps the ability to create brand compliant sales incentive promotions.

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Hoopfest : Tournament Management System

A 3 on 3 basketball tournament management system to facilitate the registration and bracketing of over 6,400 teams and 27,000 players.

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Bloomsday Registration

Registration system handles over 30,000 online runner registrations.

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Starbucks Card Balance Google Gadget

12.19.2008 2

Starbucks Google Gadget

I created a simple Google gadget to show me how much money I have left before my caffeine headache kicks in. It’s a nice addition to my iGoogle account.

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Creating a user friendly app_offline system maintenance page

08.27.2009 0

Undoubtedly you’ve heard of the app_offline.htm file by now.  If you haven’t, you can read more about it on ScottGu’s blog post.  This technique has been one of my favorite tricks for many years.  From time to time, like all of us, I need to take down a high profile site to apply some “enhancements” and I unfortunately can’t wean users off gracefully.  I always feel bad when I publish that file to the server, knowing there could be hundreds of users sitting at, in their mind, an inexcusable system maintenance page.

So what are we to do?

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How to return LLBLGenPro Entities to JSON

08.07.2009 1

I was recently searching for a way to convert LLBLGenPro Entities to JSON when I ran across Josh’s approach. I like the approach but thought there must be an easier way. This approach requires LLBLGenPro 2.6 or above and .NET 3.0.

Here’s an example

            LinqMetaData metaData = new LinqMetaData();

            var q = from customer in metaData.Customer
                    where customer.Id == customerId
                    select new { id = customer.Id, name = p.FullName };

            JavaScriptSerializer serializer = new JavaScriptSerializer();
            return serializer.Serialize(q);

Here’s another example with a 1:m return:

            LinqMetaData metaData = new LinqMetaData();

            var q = from meeting in metaData.ReviewMeeting
                    select new
                        CreatedBy = meeting.CreatedBy,
                        ReviewProvider = from providers in meeting.ReviewProvider
                                         select new { ProviderName = providers.FullName }

            JavaScriptSerializer serializer = new JavaScriptSerializer();
            return serializer.Serialize(q);

Nice thing about using the new linq features in LLBLGenPro is you’re only bringing back the data you care about. Yes, you could always ignore fields, but isn’t it easier to tell it what you want instead of what you don’t want?

Thoughts? I’d love to hear them.

How to prevent gifs from rendering grainy using .Net GDI

12.20.2008 0

I recently built a Http Handler for an application that needed to generate image thumbnails from different image types on the fly. Sounds easy enough, right?

Well it was a simple task until I tried to generate a thumbnail from a gif. After hours and hours trying to figure out how to improve the resolution I found a great article addressing this particular issue. Read more